Ross Kemp

G.F. Newman’s The Corrupted: Series 1 and 2
  • G.F. Newman’s The Corrupted: Series 1 and 2

    • G. F. Newman

    • Toby Jones (Read by)

    • Ross Kemp (Read by)

    • Joe Armstrong (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Denise Gough (Read by)

    • Tom Weston-Jones (Read by)

    The first two series of the epic saga plotting the course of one family against the backdrop of a revolution in crime

    'Magnificently detailed' The Stage

    1951. With the Festival of Britain in full swing, the country is looking forward to a brighter, more prosperous future. But young Brian Oldman cannot forget the past. Traumatised by a murder he witnessed when he was just six, he holds a terrible secret; but there is a more devastating secret he has yet to discover. Falling under the spell of his mother, Cath, he is drawn into London's criminal underworld, where territory battles are raging between the old guard and the new.

    Brian idolises his uncle, Jack Braden, who dreams of becoming a boxing champion. But when his ambition is thwarted by the army and the Kray twins, Jack's bitterness and anger turns him towards crime. Meanwhile, the head of the family, Joey Oldman - a Russian Jew with a talent for business and a love of money - is building an empire. Growing rich with the help of venal bankers, he and Cath join Macmillan's Conservative Party, and move in increasingly influential circles.

    They try in vain to keep their son Brian away from Jack, who has taken the 'firm' from running illicit clubs to armed robbery. Battling to escape the law, the Krays and their rivals the Richardsons, Joey finds himself so steeped in depravity, even his lawyer struggles to help him survive...

    Adapted by award-winning writer G. F. Newman (Law and Order, Judge John Deed) from his own bestselling books, this thrilling series spans six decades, following the fortunes of the Oldmans as they are sucked into a web of corruption reaching to the heart of the Establishment. Weaving fiction with real historical characters, it reveals the nexus of crime, business and politics woven through the fabric of 20th and 21st century greed. Toby Jones stars as Joey, with Denise Gough as Cath, Tom Weston-Jones as Jack, Joe Armstrong as Brian and Ross Kemp as the Narrator.

    NB: Contains violence, scenes of a sexual nature, prejudicial dialogue and attitudes prevalent in the time in which the events depicted took place

    Created by G. F. Newman
    Characters based on G. F. Newman's novels
    Produced and directed by Clive Brill
    A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4

    Cast
    Narrator - Ross Kemp
    Joey Oldman - Toby Jones
    Cath Oldman - Denise Gough
    Young Brian - Rory McMenamin
    Brian - Joe Armstrong
    Jack Braden - Tom Weston-Jones/Luke Allen Gale
    Gracie Braden/Violet Kray - Ruth Gemmell
    Billy Hill/Keffo - Robert Glenister
    Bobby Brown/Eddie Richardson/Selwyn Carruthers/Lambert/John Bindon - Charles Davies
    Watling/Mr Thompson/Tom Driberg - Nigel Cooke
    Win Booker - Lotte Rice
    Frank Cockain/Tiger Braden/Tinkerbell - Michael Eaves
    Spotty/Sammy Cohen/Capt Tyrwhitt - Jonathan Tafler
    DI Drury - Tom Weston-Jones
    Ronnie Kray/Mr Booker/CSM/Basil Jones/Harold Wilson/Alfie - Lewis MacLeod
    Bank Manager/DI Bulmer - Matthew Townshend
    Stephen Ward/Shop Owner/Policeman/Fenwick/John Bloom/Paul Raymond - Theo Fraser Steele
    Alice/Gladys Brown - Catherine Henderson
    Driver/Charlie Richardson/Dealer - Oliver Mawdsley
    DI Drury/Fat Cecil/Rikki the Malt - Matthew Marsh
    Leah Cohen - Jasmine Hyde
    Joshua/Pongo - Chinna Woddu
    Ruth Sutton/Martha Baines/Student - Kellie Shirley
    Arnold Goodman - Edward Max
    Tony Wednesday - Petrice Jones
    Judge Stevenson - David Shaw Parker
    Other parts played by members of the cast

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 21 October-1 November 2013 (Series 1), 19-30 January 2015 (Series 2)

    © 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
    (p) 2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Born in Essex in 1964, Ross Kemp is a bestselling author. Once best known for his portrayal of Grant Mitchell in EastEnders, he has now forged a new and stellar career as the presenter of award-winning documentaries.

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